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Do you feel strongly about the perfect cracker?

Toppings aside is there one cracker that just hits your happy palate place better than another?
I have had this on going beef with my boss about the best cracker. He is a Ritz fan and thinks there is no better cracker. He loves the rich buttery flavors and flakey texture of the Ritz cracker and I have always been put off by the things he loves about them. Too rich and too buttery and if you have to bite the cracker in half....FORGET about it, you are left with a lap or table full of crumbly butter bits...ick.

My husband was a Wheat Thins fan, he liked the sweetness, size and crunch it was his go to cracker for years...before I made him see the error of his ways. (only because they were different than mine..heh) I had to change his cracker preferance because I could not handle the upfront sweetness of Wheat Thins...I'm a savory girl what can I say.

For me the end all be all of mass produced crackers is the Triscuit! Salty, toothsome, savory mouth full of fiber goodness. Bring on the cheese, spreads, cured meats, pickley stuff and my beloved Triscuit can not only handle the flavors, but if you choose to bite it in half the half you want in your mouth is there and the other half is intact in your fingers, I am sitting here at 3 am with thin slices of cotswold cheese and my lovely salty Triscuits washing them all down with a dry Rose from Oregon and I'm as happy as a clam..Ohhh ghetto clam dip from the 80's would be amazing on these too!

So Chowhounds, what cracker does it for you?

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  1. My favourite commonly available, commercially made crackers (boy, did I cover my ass on that) are Stoned Wheat Thins. Still, good bread/good toast beats any cracker.

    1. Carr's whole wheat crackers. they are so sweet, they're almost cookie-like. bubbles4me, you won't like them, except maybe as dessert, but with a little cream cheese, they are the perfect breakfast.

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      1. re: rudysmom

        I love these with a slice of sharp cheddar and a dab of Branston Pickle.

      2. I love those Carr's whole wheat crackers, too. Also, these Dr. Kracker flatbreads are my latest obsession:

        http://www.chow.com/topics/407140?que...

        I buy them at my local co-op, but they have them at Whole Foods, too.

        ~TDQ

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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          I'm partial to Georgia crackers.

          1. re: beevod

            Though they're best when smothered in melted cheese...

        2. Triscuits and bits of cheese.

          A aged Gruyère, sharp cheddar or inexpensive blue go best at 3:00am.

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          1. re: Kelli2006

            Carr's Table Water Biscuits and so thin and pure - I did a caviar-tasting extravaganza for my father's 80th birthday. Ran out of blini and resorted to Carr's - they delivered the flavor of the caviar more directly than the lovely little buckwheat rounds.

          2. I spread my brie on...Trader Joe's Pepper/Poppy Water Crackers, and Arnott's - an Australian company - makes the very best light buttery salty cracker called Jatz - I order them from Australian Products Company - they are that good. They also make a wonderful water cracker that is available state side in some specialty stores and Amazon.

            1. My husband and I love Zesta saltines. Which we can not buy in the San Francisco Bay area. We grew up with these crackers in KY. They have a special taste that we have to have. Any one visiting from the East has to bring us Zestas in order to have a bed. Zestas are in Oregan and sometimes family bring them from there.

              My husband will eat a sleeve of them before supper. Sometimes with butter, sometimes with cheese.,

              1. I too love the flatbread crackers from Trader Joe's....not sure of the name but they come in rectangles with several types of seeds on the top. Also, Keebler makes a good butter cracker (again cannot think of the name). It's thinner than a Ritz but just as buttery, can be eaten in one bite and does not interfere with whatever you choose to top it with.

                1. Pre-broken in half Finn Crisps (http://www.vaasan.com/public/en/01_ex...) are my favourite cracker with goat cheese and red pepper jelly... so fibrelicious.

                  1. Low-fat Triscuits are my standby--delcious and nutritious. But before I was worried about trans fats and calories, Stoned Wheat Thins rocked my boat.

                    1. I too love the Triscuit - Regular (no low sodium version for me). Surprisingly, the black pepper and olive oil version is quite good too.

                      There are times when only a Carrs Table Water Crackers will do though.

                      Carr's Poppy Seed & Sesame are like cookies to me.

                      And the occasional Jacob's Cream Crackers spread thickly with salted butter is pretty darn luxurious too.

                      1. Jfood's input:

                        If it's chopped liver then it goes on a ritz
                        If it's peanut butter it coes on Nabisco salted

                        Cheese goes on everything except Nabiscos, depending on the cheese and the mood.

                        1. I am currently in a 'cracker phase' and have developed my own personal list of must eats:

                          #1, Blue Diamond NUT THINS, they are almond and rice based, gluten free. I personally couldn't care less if they are gluten free, but the flavor and crispness of the cracker are just addictive and though I really crave salty things, these are fairly light on salt. I strongly prefer the plain almond ones, but they have pecan, hazelnut and flavored crackers as well. You can get these in the healthy section of most stores, at least in the Midwest.

                          #2, Sesmark Sesame Thins; love these for the sesame flavor and the crunch, are great with an aged cheddar or alone. Also, can get these in most grocery stores, often closer to the cheese selections than near the cracker aisle.

                          #3, Wheat thins, I know that they are a bit sweet, but with a really nice aged gouda like Prima Donna, it goes very well.

                          All time worst cracker: Triscuit. I used to love the flavor, but they are so heavy and now have a real hard time digesting.

                          1. Keebler's Wheat Toasted's

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                            1. re: ArikaDawn

                              Milton's at Costco..never found a finer cracker..their bread is als terrific

                            2. I don't think there's a cracker for all seasons (or all toppings). The closest I can think of are stoned wheat thins or Carr's water crackers. I also like Kashi TLC, original flavor, but they're a little sweet for some things. No one has mentioned Akmak, but they're nice and crisp and have good flavor--and a few sesame seeds, iirc. I also love the Carr's whole wheat, but don't really think of them as crackers. To me, they're cookies!

                              1. Trader Joe's carries three kinds I love--Ak-mak (whole wheat with sesame--they taste just OK when you first eat them and then suddenly you've eaten the whole box); and two under TJ's own label--the poppy & pepper kind someone else mentioned (I think these are Carr's under the TJ's label) and these small round multigrain ones--full of sesame, not at all high in fat. These come packaged in a clear plastic sleeve.

                                Triscuits are just too greasy for me.